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  1. As a member of the “most hated church in America” and granddaughter of infamous religious zealot and Westboro Baptist Church pastor Fred Phelps, Megan Phelps-Roper grew up on raucous picket lines protesting funerals with messages like “God Hates Fags.” Continue Reading

  2. Second and third graders will be quite familiar with at least two of the 2019 Young Readers Festival of Books authors by the time the event rolls around in October. Continue Reading

  3. The South Dakota Humanities Council, a non-profit that leads statewide advocacy for the humanities, is pleased to announce this year’s winners of the Distinguished Achievement in the Humanities Awards. Continue Reading

  4. Tom Clavin’s aim in his new biography of Wild Bill Hickok is to find the true story of the man who famously met his demise at the hands of assassin Jack McCall inside Deadwood’s Saloon No. 10. Continue Reading

Event Calendar

6:30 pm | Wesley Acres Senior Living
7:00 pm | United Methodist Church
7:00 pm | Tripp County Library Grossenburg Memorial
7:00 pm | Sturgis Public Library
8:00 am | Five area schools
7:00 pm | Elk Point-Jefferson Community Library

South Dakota Humanities Council

The South Dakota Humanities Council (SDHC), founded in 1972 in response to an act of Congress, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and the only cultural organization in the state whose sole mission is to deliver humanities programming to the people of South Dakota. Our vision is to "lead statewide advocacy for the humanities, working with other partners to foster literary and civic engagement." This programming vision forms the core mission:

The South Dakota Humanities Council celebrates literature, promotes civil conversation, and tells the stories that define our state.

Want to read more about what the humanities are? Check out our definition of the humanities and examples of various humanities disciplines explored by our programs. 

The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life.
- William Faulkner